Kentucky Derby 2024

Dear Friend of the YMCA,

Whenever our community is faced with a crisis, whenever we see a neighbor who needs support, our Y stands ready to help with open arms and caring hearts. Thanks to generous donors like you, The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA is doing BIG things in our region- providing safe, nurturing spaces for children to learn, grow, and thrive.

Because we know that you share a passion for this community, we are excited to invite you to this Annual Kentucky Derby event. The 2023 event successfully raised over $100,000 in support of programming and an endowment to further expand these critical services.

Our YMCA has recently increased capacity for feeding programs and much-needed child care services to address some of our biggest challenges. The Kentucky Derby event has been part of the catalyst of growth for the Y, allowing us to:

  • Proudly serve working families at 5 different child care sites in Luzerne County
  • Provide over150,000 healthy meals and snacks to over 950 children and youth in just one year
  • Ensure high quality care, now hosting three Keystone STAR 4 child care branches
  • Continue to expand into new communities as we work collectively to ensure the best services and outreach for our area


Lissa Bryan-Smith
Constance Scott
Kentucky Derby Co-Chairs

Jim Thomas

2024 Derby Committee

Lissa Bryan-Smith, Co-Chair
Constance Scott, Co-Chair

Jennifer Brennan
Lissa Bryan-Smith
Kate Churnetski
Cheryl Connolly
Emily Courtois
Derek Cronauer
Amy Dewey
Janelle Drach
Jamie Dudick
Amy Frenchko
Lindsay Griffin-Boylan
Megan Kennedy
Lindsay Landis
Ryan Mckean

Sara Michaels
Cathy Mihalick
Doug Miller
Kerry Miscavage
Sam O’Connell
Rachel Olszewski-Conrad
Linda Rowe
Bryanne Salvo
Darcie Schaffer
Dr. Durelle Scott
Constance Scott
John Shaskas
Kerry Speziale
Jim Thomas
Katrina Wallace

Presenting Sponsors

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